Good bones give building new life

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The old Tops store location in Irondequoit has been rehabbed into a state-of-the-art health care facility.

Dr. Eric Bieber, the CEO at Rochester Regional Health System, and Michelle Trott, the Principal at Clark Patterson Lee, discussed the vision behind the new Riedman Health Center Wednesday during our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation on News 8 at Sunrise.

“We took really what was a box store and made it into a health care facility,” said Trott. “You think about that, the box store has a big huge volume. You look at that, and what can you do with a box store, and how can you re-use it for sustainability purposes and what can you create out of it, and we really looked at that with the operational program and turned it into a two story program for the users to make it operational and functional for the purpose that they’re looking at. We re-used the exterior of the building and components of it and added on to it, adapted it to provide some natural light for the program.”

Location is part of what initially drew Dr. Bieber and his team to the project. “When we first looked at the building we had to imagine what it might be,” he said. “The building wasn’t a great appearing building but what it had were great bones. It was in the right location, so we’re sitting right off of Goodman and Ridge, 104. There was a fair bit of parking. We remember looking across the parking lot and just seeing rows and rows of open spaces that would make it easy for people to come in.”

Putting people first was at the heart of every decision behind the Riedman Health Center’s construction. “In the end, it is all about the people, but it’s also great to have the people in an environment that is calm, is respectful, is easy to access, and so those are all of the things that we wanted to build into that,” Dr. Bieber explained. “Many of the offices that were relocated were relocated out of Rochester General Hospital. In many cases those were from decades ago. Health care has changed and we need to change along with that. So we have dental, we have ophthalmology, we have medicine – family medicine, we have pediatrics, we have a laboratory, we have radiology, we have a pharmacy, and so there’s a convenience aspect of getting care all in one place that is really helpful to people.”

To see the full interview, including the vision behind the Riedman Health Center’s self-serve kiosks, watch this video link. 

To learn more about job opportunities and the path to career with Clark Patterson Lee and Rochester Regional Health System watch this video link. 

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